There is an old saying here in the UK that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb, or visa versa. It’s definitely come in like a lion, so hopefully it will calm down a bit soon. We can have all weathers on one day at this time of year, on Sunday we had wind, hail, rain, snow and sunshine! My OH wanted a short walk as he’s counting his steps at the moment, I reassured him that any showers are blowing over quickly. Ten minutes after he left I looked out from the comfort of my sewing room to see huge snowflakes blowing sideways, a white-out! Five minutes later, blue skies and sunshine!
Such weather is not very conducive to gardening, especially to a fair-weather gardener like me! There’s been a lot of localised flooding and the clay soil is sodden, so I’m trying to avoid walking on it. I have managed to finally prune most of our roses, I’ve not quite managed to clear all the prunings up yet though…
I even managed to tie in the climbing rose on my obelisk…
…and climbed a ladder to prune the rose over the arbour. As you can see there were a couple of branches I couldn’t quite reach, so I’ll have to wait for my taller OH to have a go.
The camelia next to the arbour is flowering nicely, it’s blooms have survived the weather better than I thought they might, though I think it’s frost that does the worst damage to these flowers.
I have a miniature flowering cherry in amongst my large group of pots, it’s just come into flower, it always looks so dainty.
As you can see from the photos, I still have a fair bit of tidying and pruning to do, there’s old growth on perennials such as sedums and peonies that still needs cutting back and the roses on the back fence still need pruning. It’s great to see everything starting to grow, there’s green shoots popping up all over the place and you can just see the beginnings of leaf buds on the trees. I’m on annual leave this week so, weather permitting, I’m hoping to get a fair bit of gardening (and sewing!) done.